Thursday 4 January 2024

Hirondelle, a collaborative album.

The album ‘Hirondelle’ (French for ‘swallow’) is inspired by the free flight of the swallow from the heartlands of Africa to the Mediterranean, and beyond to the fringes of the Atlantic islands of Britain and Ireland and back again. This multi-national band is a collaborative project between English alt-folk sibling duo The Brothers Gillespie, (guitar and vocals), classical group Trio Mythos comprising viola player and composer/ arranger Sophie Renshaw (London Mozart Players), violinist Lucy Russell (Fitzwilliam Quartet) and cellist Ruth Philips as well as the groundbreaking Provençal dialect polyphonic trio Tant Que Li Siam (Damien Toumi,(voice and bendir), Marie-Madeleine Martinet, (voice, saggattes, and tamburrello) and Mario Leccia, (voice, zarb, tamburrello and daf)) who are steeped in the rich and diverse musical languages of Occitan.